Batavia author discusses book on Attica

Mark Gutman/Daily News/FILE PHOTODenne Miller and co-author Gary Craig will have a conversation about “The Prison Guard’s Daughter: My Journey Through the Ashes of Attica” at a virtual event Thursday.

ROCHESTER — Batavia resident Deanne Miller, co-author of “The Prison Guard’s Daughter: My Journey Through the Ashes of Attica,” will discuss the book Thursday at Writers & Books in Rochester.

Miller’s conversation with co-author, Gary Craig, a Rochester Democrat and Chronicle investigative reporter, will be a virtual event at 7:30 p.m. The event is free but registration is required. Go to to register.

Miller is co-founder of the Forgotten Victims of Attica and the daughter of Correctional Officer William Quinn, the first casualty of the 1971 Attica Prison Riot. Since 2014, she has been the program coordinator for the Veterans Defense Program of the New York State Defenders Association, a program that provides support and legal aid to struggling veterans who become involved in the criminal justice system. Miller is married, with two daughters.

Miller this fall said this is a very personal book.

“It recounts my life, living in the aftermath of Attica. I certainly hope people understand, from a different perspective, what it’s like to be a daughter of a correction officer who died,” she told The Daily News in September. “Attica will forever be a cautionary tale for, I think, everyone - citizens of a town like our citizens of Attica when our little town was turned upside down from the riot,” she said. “I think it’s a cautionary tail for the correction officers that go in every single day.”

Craig is the author of “Seven Million: A Cop, a Priest, a Soldier for the IRA, and the Still-Unsolved Rochester Brink’s Heist.” He covered the resolution of the decades-long lawsuit filed by Attica inmates against the state. Since 2000, he has written extensively about Attica, reporting on the birth and work of the Forgotten Victims of Attica, and the efforts to open Attica records. Craig lives in Rochester and is married, with two daughters.

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